Buffer Zones Created for LDS Conference

Buffer Zones Created for LDS Conference

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Salt Lake City leaders say there will be buffer zones this year during the L-D-S Church's worldwide conference in April.

City leaders say protesters will still be allowed to spread their messages by walking with church members on public streets and sidewalks. But those who want to stand still or speak and hold signs must remain in nearby designated areas.

Salt Lake City police expect about 300 protesters and fear that increasingly provocative anti-Mormon protests could incite violence.

Last year, protesters demonstrated with L-D-S garments which Mormons consider sacred. Two Mormon men were arrested after trying to take the garments.

Mayor Rocky Anderson says the buffer zones won't violate protesters' free speech rights. The conference is scheduled for April 3 and 4.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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